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Formation and control of transverse patterns in a quantum fluid of microcavity polaritons
Author(s): P. Lewandowski; V. Ardizzone; Y. C. Tse; N. H. Kwong; M. H. Luk; A. Lücke; M. Abbarchi; J. Bloch; E. Baudin; E. Galopin; A. Lemaître; P. T. Leung; Ph. Roussignol; R. Binder; J. Tignon; S. Schumacher
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Paper Abstract

Transverse patterns in polariton fluids were recently studied as promising candidates for all-optical low-intensity switching. Here, we demonstrate these patterns in a specifically designed double-cavity system. We theoretically and experimentally analyse their formation and optical control. Our detailed theoretical analysis of the coupled nonlinear dynamics of the optical fields inside the double-cavity and the excitonic excitations inside the embedded semiconductor quantum wells is firmly based on a microscopic many-particle theory. Our calculations in the time domain enable us to study both the ultrafast transient dynamics of the patterns and their steady-state behavior under stationary excitation conditions. The patterns we report and analyze go beyond what can be observed and understood in a simple scalar quantum field. We find that polarization-selective excitation of the polaritons leads to a complex interplay between longitudinal-transverse splitting of the cavity modes and the spin-dependent interactions of the polaritons' excitonic component.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8984, Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics XVIII, 89840X (7 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2037174
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P. Lewandowski, Univ. Paderborn (Germany)
V. Ardizzone, Lab. Pierre Aigrain, École Normale Supériere, CNRS, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Univ. D. Diderot (France)
Y. C. Tse, The Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong (China)
N. H. Kwong, The Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong (China)
College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
M. H. Luk, The Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong (China)
The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
A. Lücke, Univ. Paderborn (Germany)
M. Abbarchi, Lab. Pierre Aigrain, École Normale Supériere, CNRS, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Univ. D. Diderot (France)
Lab. de Photonique et de Nanostructures, CNRS (France)
J. Bloch, Lab. de Photonique et de Nanostructures, CNRS (France)
E. Baudin, Lab. Pierre Aigrain, École Normale Supériere, CNRS, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Univ. D. Diderot (France)
E. Galopin, Lab. de Photonique et de Nanostructures, CNRS (France)
A. Lemaître, Lab. de Photonique et de Nanostructures, CNRS (France)
P. T. Leung, The Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)
Ph. Roussignol, Lab. Pierre Aigrain, École Normale Supériere, CNRS, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Univ. D. Diderot (France)
R. Binder, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
J. Tignon, Lab. Pierre Aigrain, École Normale Supériere, CNRS, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Univ. D. Diderot (France)
S. Schumacher, Univ. Paderborn (Germany)
College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8984:
Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics XVIII
Markus Betz; Abdulhakem Y. Elezzabi; Jin-Joo Song; Kong-Thon Tsen, Editor(s)

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